From the Gabba Ward

Jono at West Village circa 2016
Here’s another update on various projects and issues around Brisbane’s inner-south side. As usual, I would appreciate it if you can forward this email on to any friends or neighbours who might be interested. 

Kangaroo Point Peninsula Community GardenWith the support of Kangaroo Point Neighbourhood Watch, quite a few KP residents are interested in setting up a community garden in one of the public parks on the western side of the peninsula. At the moment, the leading proposal for the garden location is at the northern end of James Warner Park, just next to the Story Bridge Jazz Club carpark.I’m very open to this idea, but as this represents a significant change to how a public park is used, I want to make sure everyone gets the chance to have a say. I’m running a community vote to help inform this decision and demonstrate to council that there’s strong local support for the idea. If you have an interest in this part of Kangaroo Point, please follow this link to cast your vote. 

Serbian Orthodox Church Open House and Renovation PlansThe Serbian Orthodox Church on Ross Street in Woolloongabba is a striking local landmark with a long and proud history. Internal renovation works have recently been completed, and they’re inviting all members of the local community to have a look inside.Importantly, they’re also exploring options to relocate or demolish the old hall on the southern side of the site (directly opposite the main church entrance) to free up more open space. They don’t want to put in any more buildings – they just want to make room for a bit of greenery and a proper entranceway. They’ve been planning to remove this building for many years. However it’s listed on the local heritage register.In order to decide whether I’ll support or object to the removal, I’m facilitating an open discussion on the afternoon of Sunday, 17 March so the church committee can share their plans with residents, and we can get feedback from the surrounding community.The open day kicks off at 3pm, with tours of the church and surrounding grounds. From 4pm we’ll be meeting in the main church hall to discuss the complex question of what should happen to the old heritage-listed building. Everyone’s welcome to come on a tour of the church and take part in the discussion.

When: 3 to 5pm, Sunday 17 March
Where: Serbian Orthodox Church, 6 Ross St, Woolloongabba
RSVP on Facebook › 

Brisbane & GPS Rowing Club ExpansionThe Brisbane & GPS Rowing Club on Hill End Terrace in West End is a non-profit community club that’s open to anyone to join. They have seen substantial growth in members and are keen to expand their facility. They also want to offer a bit of room to the West End Canoe Club.Their facility in Orleigh Park is owned by council. They are currently negotiating their proposal with BCC and will soon be lodging a development application for the renovations. We held a community meeting about this issue last year, and I’m co-organising another meeting at the club on the evening of Monday, 25 February so residents can get a look at the plans and ask questions before they go through the formal council process.Please come along to this meeting to see what’s proposed and share your views.

Where: 98 Hill End Terrace, West End
When: 5:45pm, Monday, 25 February
You can also invite friends via the Facebook event.

4101 Resident Parking Permit Scheme
Council has finally released the draft map of the new parking rules that will come into effect for the southern half of West End and Highgate Hill from 18 March. You can view the map at this link (we can also send you a PDF if you’re having trouble viewing it). As explained on this page, on some streets there will be a mix of parking rules, with some areas left as unlimited parking for everyone, and some areas marked ‘2P, resident permits excepted.’ On other streets – particularly the southern side of Highgate Hill and the high-density area to the west of Montague Rd – there are no significant changes to the existing unlimited parking, so those residents won’t need to apply for permits.The map is still a draft, and my office is requesting a few minor changes, including more short-term parking on Hill End Terrace alongside Orleigh Park. After the scheme has been in place for a few months, we will review the rules and make further adjustments to the signage in response to changes in parking behaviour.Here’s the link to the official council page to apply for permits. It doesn’t say it on the website, but you can call up 3403 8888 and request a physical visitor permit instead of an online one. I encourage all residents to get a physical visitor permit, because these are easier to pass from one car to another, whereas if you have a digital visitor permit you have to go online on and tell the council the vehicle registration number every time someone visits. 

I’m also calling another public meeting for residents of Baynes St, Ewart St and Hove St to see what people think of the parking rules the council has proposed. This will be an important discussion to be part of if you can. The council is still receiving regular complaints from residents about vehicles blocking footpaths, and I want to make sure we get the balance right in terms of how much parking remains unlimited, and how much of the street is for resident permits.

Where: corner of Ewart St and Baynes St, Highgate Hill
When: Sunday, 3 March, 4:30pm to 6pm
Facebook event at this link.

Drive Under 40 in 4101
Finally, I wanted to express my support for the Kurilpa Futures community campaign that’s encouraging all motorists to stick to driving at 40km/h around South Brisbane, West End and Highgate Hill.

Many parts of the 4101 postcode are already limited to 40km/h, and new school zone speed limits will also soon be installed around Brisbane State High School.The Kurilpa Peninsula has changed dramatically in recent years, with rapid densification contributing to many more pedestrians and cyclists on the street. A general speed limit of 40km/h is a lot safer for all road users, and I think it’s inevitable that council will eventually drop the speed uniformly in the inner-city, however that could take some time.While I continue to advocate for lower speed limits within council (both on residential side-streets and on main roads like Montague Rd), I think it would be great if everyone can drive to local conditions.

BCC is very slow at making changes, so it’ll help greatly if residents lead the charge. There’s a Facebook page for this campaign at this link. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with my office. Don’t forget to check out all the other community events listed below. Best wishes,

Upcoming EventsFEB14

Migrant Women to the Front: A Panel on Sexual Health
Thu, 14 Feb, 06:00pm–09:00pm
128 Boundary St, West End

Join True Relationships and Reproductive Health and the One Woman Project for an alternate February 14th activity; a panel on sexual health and relationships led by women of migrant backgrounds. This event is open to all and whilst it prioritises the voices of migrant women and women of migrant backgrounds, all members of the community are welcome to attend. Finger food and dessert will be catered by The Good Food Project, a social enterprise that supports women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Facebook event ▸MAR15

Valentine Date Night @ The Sunset Social
Fri, 15 Mar, 05:00pm–09:00pm
Davies Park Soccer Field, West EndSunset Drinks & SummaFeast with your Loved One @ Davies Park West End 4101 .. Make it a Date Night .. BYO A PICNIC RUG .. Food Trucks are Back .. Come & Enjoy 😊 Family Fun & Pet Friendly Cocktail 🍹 Jugs .. Craft Beers .. Live Tunes & More Facebook event ▸FEB23

West End Community Feast
Sat, 23 Feb, 03:00pm–08:00pm
Davies Park Soccer Field, West End

All are welcome to the West End Community Feast! A shared meal made from rescued food. Come together in conversation over nourishing food that would otherwise have been wasted. Get together to combat food waste, eat healthy and ignite change through hands-on demonstrations and knowledge sharing with cultural community groups and local chefs. Facebook event ▸FEB24

Body Positive Pool Party 2019
Sun, 24 Feb, 06:00pm–09:00pm
Musgrave Park Swimming Pool,100 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane

The Body Positive Pool party aims to take a space that is historically problematic for folks with bodies that sit outside of society’s oppressive beauty standards and racialised gender norms, and transform it into a space that embraces radical, body positivity. The night will include: Live music | Food | Thematically linked art | Stalls | SWIMMING | Raffle | much more. Waged, unwaged, and combo tickets available. Fundraiser for the Gar’ban’djee’lum Network and Sovereign Families. Get Tickets ▸Facebook event ▸FEB25

Community Meeting: Rowing Club Extension Plans
Mon, 25 Feb, 05:45pm–07:00pm
98 Hill End Terrace, West End

The Brisbane & GPS Rowing Club on Hill End Terrace in West End is a non-profit community club that’s open to anyone to join. They have seen substantial growth in members and are keen to expand their facility. Please come along to this meeting to see what’s proposed and share your views. Facebook event ▸MAR03

Baynes St Community Meeting: Proposed Parking Rule Changes
Sun, 03 Mar, 04:30pm–05:45pm
Corner of Baynes St and Ewart St, Highgate Hill

Residents of Baynes St, Ewart St and Hove St are invited to a community meeting to see what everyone thinks of the new parking rules the council has proposed. This will be an important discussion to be part of if you can. Facebook event ▸MAR09

International Working Women’s Day Rally 2019
Sat, 09 Mar, 01:00pm–03:30pm
Queens Gardens, Brisbane, George St, Brisbane City

IWD was originally called International Working Women’s Day, and acted as a day of protest for the rights of working women: equal pay, maternity leave, equal rights in general. Nowadays, it tends to be more of a celebration, as if women have all the rights they could want. This event aims to remind people of the struggles still to come and throw back to the day’s socialist origins, emphasising a day for women who all do so much work, whether paid or not. Facebook event ▸MAR16

Stop Fining Healthy Transport National Bicycle Parade!
Sat, 16 Mar, 12:00pm–02:00pm
Wheel of Brisbane, Russell St, South Bank

This is a celebration of casual bike riding and will include a slow ride around the city. Facebook event ▸MAR17

Serbian Orthodox Church Neighbourhood Feedback Day
Sun, 17 Mar, 03:00pm–05:00pm
Serbian Orthodox Church Woolloongabba, 6 Ross Street, Woolloongabba

After 40 years (including 15 of construction) the new Serbian Orthodox Church is complete. The parish community is welcoming the broader community to an open day to have a look inside. This will be followed with a town hall style meeting to decide what to do with the now redundant old church (which was heritage listed by BCC). Facebook event ▸

Jonathan Sri 
Councillor for the Gabba Ward2/63 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
P: 07 3403 2165 • E:   

We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owners of the lands on which we work, and pay our respects to elders, past and present.

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